The city of Vienna is committed to the decarbonization and diversification of energy and especially of heat supply, and at the same time to long-term cost reductions through the unbundling of the gas and district heating pipeline infrastructure that is parallel in many parts of the city. The implementation of these goals requires a spatially differentiated approach, depending on the available on-site energy potential and the existing energy infrastructure. And it needs framework conditions and governance processes that enable the large number of private and public investors to realize projects in line with their goals.
The Energy Center thereby supports the city on several levels:
- Support of specific city and quarter planning in Vienna on behalf of the city of Vienna (Municipal Department 20). The aim is to incorporate energy aspects into the planning processes and to ensure the best possible achievement of the above-mentioned urban goals. In the course of this, the first showcase quarters with renewable heat supply were realized. The thereby gained know-how about technically and economically feasible energy concepts, about the need for optimization in city governance processes and the relevant legal and economic framework conditions is a crucial basis for the formulation of and claim for suggestions for improvement.
The in-depth examination of similar content was and is supported by the following projects funded by third parties: klimaaktiv renewable heaiting, GEL-SEP, URBAN LEARNING, Future Quarter (“Zukunftsquartier”)
- Support of strategies, concepts and revisions of framework conditions: The Energy Center has supported the development and coordination of the thematic concept Integrated Energy Planning through participation in the core- and in the editorial-team. The city internal discussions on this matter contributed to sharpening the areas in which changes and further development of relevant framework conditions and governance processes are needed in order to achieve the mentioned urban goals. Much of the above, again with professional support from the Energy Center, has gone into the recent amendment of the Building Code, the adaptation of the New Construction Regulation and competition criteria for construction projects. The Energy Center also supports the preparatory work for the regulation of integrated energy plans for the therefore responsible Municipal Department 20.
Contact: Michael Cerveny